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Relational Perspectives Book Series

Series Editor: Lewis Aron, Adrienne Harris

Associate Editor: Steven Kuchuck, Eyal Rozmarin

The Relational Perspectives Book Series (RPBS) publishes books that grow out of or contribute to the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. The term relational psychoanalysis was first used by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) to bridge the traditions of interpersonal relations, as developed within interpersonal psychoanalysis and object relations, as developed within contemporary British theory. But, under the seminal work of the late Stephen Mitchell, the term relational psychoanalysis grew and began to accrue to itself many other influences and developments. Various tributaries—interpersonal psychoanalysis, object relations theory, self psychology, empirical infancy research, and elements of contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thought—flow into this tradition, which understands relational configurations between self and others, both real and fantasied, as the primary subject of psychoanalytic investigation.  

We refer to the relational tradition, rather than to a relational school, to highlight that we are identifying a trend, a tendency within contemporary psychoanalysis, not a more formally organized or coherent school or system of beliefs. Our use of the term relational signifies a dimension of theory and practice that has become salient across the wide spectrum of contemporary psychoanalysis. Now under the editorial supervision of Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris with the assistance of Associate Editors Steven Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin, the Relational Perspectives Book Series originated in 1990 under the editorial eye of the late Stephen A. Mitchell. Mitchell was the most prolific and influential of the originators of the relational tradition. He was committed to dialogue among psychoanalysts and he abhorred the authoritarianism that dictated adherence to a rigid set of beliefs or technical restrictions. He championed open discussion, comparative and integrative approaches, and he promoted new voices across the generations.  

Included in the Relational Perspectives Book Series are authors and works that come from within the relational tradition, extend and develop the tradition, as well as works that critique relational approaches or compare and contrast it with alternative points of view. The series includes our most distinguished senior psychoanalysts along with younger contributors who bring fresh vision.

New and Published Books

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  1. The Therapist as a Person

    Life Crises, Life Choices, Life Experiences, and Their Effects on Treatment

    Edited by Barbara Gerson

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In this collection of powerfully illuminating and often poignant essays, contributors candidly discuss the impact of central life crises and identity concerns on their work as therapists. With chapters focusing on identity concerns associated with the body-self (body size, ethnicity, sexual...

    Published July 1st 2001 by Routledge

  2. Looking for Ground

    Countertransference and the Problem of Value in Psychoanalysis

    By Peter G. M. Carnochan

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Despite a half-century of literature documenting the experience and meanings of countertransference in analytic practice, the concept remains a source of controversy. For Peter Carnochan, this can be addressed only by revisiting historical, epistemological, and moral issues intrinsic to the...

    Published May 1st 2001 by Routledge

  3. Relational Perspectives on the Body

    Edited by Lewis Aron, Frances Sommer Anderson

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Contemporary psychoanalysis has devoted so much of its attention to relational and interpersonal aspects of psychic life that questions have begun to emerge regarding the place of the body and bodily experience in our psychological worlds. Relational Perspectives on the Body addresses these...

    Published October 1st 2000 by Routledge

  4. Who Is the Dreamer, Who Dreams the Dream?

    A Study of Psychic Presences

    By James S. Grotstein

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In Who Is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream? A Study of Psychic Presences, James Grotstein integrates some of his most important work of recent years in addressing fundamental questions of human psychology and spirituality. He explores two quintessential and interrelated psychoanalytic problems: the...

    Published August 1st 2000 by Routledge

  5. Psychoanalytic Participation

    Action, Interaction, and Integration

    By Kenneth A Frank

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In Psychoanalytic Participation: Action, Interaction, and Integration, Kenneth Frank argues that the gulf between analysis and what he terms "action-oriented" or cognitive-behavioral techniques is anachronistic and has unnecessarily limited the repertoire of analytically oriented clinicians. In...

    Published August 1st 1999 by Routledge

  6. The Collapse of the Self and Its Therapeutic Restoration

    By Rochelle G. K. Kainer

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    The Collapse of the Self and Its Therapeutic Restoration is a rich and clinically detailed account of the therapeutic restoration of the self, and speaks to the healing process for analysts themselves that follows from Rochelle Kainer's sensitive integration of heretofore dissociated realms of...

    Published July 1st 1999 by Routledge

  7. Relational Psychoanalysis, Volume 1

    The Emergence of a Tradition

    Edited by Stephen A. Mitchell, Lewis Aron

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Over the course of the past 15 years, there has been a vast sea change in American psychoanalysis. It takes the form of a broad movement away from classical psychoanalytic theorizing grounded in Freud's drive theory toward models of mind and development grounded in object relations concepts. In...

    Published April 1st 1999 by Routledge

  8. Building Bridges

    The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis

    By Stuart A. Pizer

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer gives much-needed recognition to the central role of negotiation in the analytic relationship and in the therapeutic process. Building on a Winnicottian perspective that comprehends paradox as the condition for preserving an intrapsychic and relational "...

    Published August 1st 1998 by Routledge

  9. Fairbairn, Then and Now

    Edited by Neil J. Skolnick, David E. Scharff

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    W. R. D. Fairbairn was both a precursor and an architect of revolutionary change in psychoanalysis. Through a handful of tightly reasoned papers written in the 1940s and 1950s, Fairbairn emerged as an incisive, albeit relatively obscure, voice in the wilderness, at considerable remove from...

    Published June 1st 1998 by Routledge

  10. Influence and Autonomy in Psychoanalysis

    By Stephen A. Mitchell

    Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series

    Stephen A. Mitchell has been at the forefront of the broad paradigmatic shift in contemporary psychoanalysis from the traditional one-person model to a two-person, interactive, relational perspective. In Influence and Autonomy in Psychoanalysis, Mitchell provides a critical, comparative...

    Published November 1st 1997 by Routledge